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**Stop Press - Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations - Tuesday 16th November **

You may have seen information on the news channels yesterday regarding proposed changes to the Covid-19 Booster vaccination programme. These included potentially offering the booster to all those aged 40 years or above and providing a 2nd primary dose to those aged 16 &17 who have only been offered one dose to date.

Please be aware, that despite this information in the news, your Practices cannot provide these currently as we are not authorised to do so. Once NHS England provide authorisation, then the Practices, as part of our continued efforts with Coventry North PCN, will be offering the extended vaccinations. Until that time, we continue to offer the vaccinations which are curently authorised. Please remember, you can also contact the National Booking System to schedule your vaccination by calling 119 or logging in on-line.

All patients aged 50 years and above will be eligible for a "Booster" Covid-19 vaccination six month's after the date of the 2nd dose of vaccine. For example, if you received Dose 1 on 7th January 2021 and Dose 2 on 20th April 2021, then the earliest your Booster could be given would be the 20th October 2021. Some patients who are immunocompromised will receive their booster dose before the six month mark.

Once you become eligible, you will receive a notification from the surgery and from NHS England. We will be providing clinics at Keresley Green Medical Centre each Saturday from 9th October 2021. Patients will be invited to book as they become eligible. You can also use the link sent by NHS England to book on the National system if you wish to receive your booster elsewhere. 

From 1st November you can also use the NHS walk-in clinic finder service to receive your Booster vaccination.

 

Vaccine Passport

You may need to provide proof of your vaccination status in order to travel or for some venues. The easiest way to do this is to downlaod the NHS App and register yourself. You will then be able to access your data at any time.

You can also recive a letter detailing your vaccine status by requesting this online. Click here to follow the instructions on the Government website. 

Integrated Care Record  (ICR)

The Integrated Care Record system is being rolled out across the NHS over the next few months. This should enable all professionals providing your care, whether in the hospitals, General Practice or Community to be able to provide a more streamlined service for all of our patients. You can watch a short video here to describe how this will work. You can also download some general information and Frequently Asked Questions which help to understand this process.

 

National Data Opt-out 

If you do not want your patient identifiable data to be shared for purposes EXCEPT your personal care, you can "opt-out" by registering a Type 1 Opt out or National Data Opt-out, or BOTH.

These options are DIFFERENT and you can find out more on the NHS Digital website 

Type 1 Opt-out - This means opting out of NHS Digital collecting your information from the GP Practice.

This collection started on 1st September 2021.  You can still opt-out, but any data that has been collected before you register your opt-out will still be stored with NHS Digital. Once you have registered your opt-out no further data will be collected. You need to complete the Opt-out form here and return it to the Practice.

Type 1 Opt-out form

 

National Data Opt-out

This opt-out means that data can be collected from the GP pactice system and used for planning and research purposes BUT cannot be shared with any others. You can update your choice about this opt-out at any time by using this link to make your choice, calling the National Helpline or e-mailing them as detailed on the NHS website.

 

Telephone access to the surgeries

Demand for access to all of our services is currently high and impacts on the ability to reach us on the telephone, especially first thing in the mornings. We have made additional call handlers available and additionally have introduced the option for you to receive a call-back rather than waiting on the line to speak to our reception staff.

This means that if an excess of callers are waiting, they will be offered the option to receive a call-back, whilst still holding their place in the queue. We trus that this will improve your experience at contacting the surgery. 

 

Are you a Carer?

If you help to look after a relative or friend, provide help with day to day living or more intensive care, you are a carer. The role that you provide is invaluable to the person you care for and wider society. 

But you may find it difficult to take proper care of your own health and well being........ there is lots of support and guidance available to you. The Carers Trust is an organisation that can help you with practical solutions, such as ensuring that you are aware of any financial assistance that may be available or arranging some respite to enable you to have a short break from your caring respoinsibilities. Carers are any age and from any background..... take a look at the Carers Trust website or give them a call on 024 76 632972

The local council also has advice and guidance which you may wish to access including ways in which you can plan for any changes that might affect you or the person you care for if you develop symptoms of Covid 19

And remember, you can access a health check and free flu vaccination from your GP surgery as a carer. If you have not let us know that you are a carer, send us a short message or call us so we can update our records and ensure we send you the invitations that you are entitled to.

Thank you for caring.

 

Social Prescribing ....... there is someone who can help.

Social prescribers work alongside us in Practice with the things that can't be fixed with medicine alone. We all know that issues and worries in our life can affect how we feel and how we cope with things.... stress, anxiety, money worries, housing problems, loneliness or isolation.

'What is social prescribing' video.

Call the surgery with your name and a contact number and our social prescriber will call you 

 

The information on this website relates to our services at The Gables Medicentre,  Allesley Village Surgery & Earlsdon Medical Centre (Govind).

 

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